SIGPLAN CARES


Purpose of SIGPLAN CARES

SIGPLAN CARES is a subcommittee of SIGPLAN. All SIG events and communications abide by ACM’s policy against discrimination and harassment. If a violation of this policy occurs, ACM urges reporting the incident to the event chair or the ACM President, CEO, or COO. We recognize that reporting to a conference chair or an upper level ACM administrator can be intimidating, especially in the face of an already unpleasant experience. We have therefore established CARES: Committee to Aid REporting on discrimination and harassment policy violations.

The role of CARES is to serve as a resource consisting of well-known and respected people in the programming languages community who are approachable and willing to listen to and help people who experience discrimination and harassment at our events; the committee members can be a sounding board for these people and can provide advice on the steps necessary to have the matter further investigated by ACM. It is important to understand that for the matter to be reported, the person experiencing the incident must still themselves send the complaint to ACM where it will be handled according to ACM’s policy. The CARES committee cannot serve as an intermediary in that official process and it cannot be involved in any aspect of the handling of the complaint by ACM.

The motivation in providing a standing CARES committee is: (1) people are more likely to report harassment or discrimination incidents if familiar and respected members of the community are available for support, (2) unlike conference chairs, the members of the CARES committee will be chosen largely for their commitment and record on the targeted issues, (3) longer membership terms and an (eventually) established committee enable building experience and a record that inspires more trust for those considering coming forward about an incident, (4) committee members are expected to be physically present at our main events and work with event leaders to publicize their role, and (5) the presence of such a committee with respected and trusted members from the community assigned to watch for these issues should serve as a deterrent for behavior that violates the ACM code of conduct, as well as encourage us all to be aware of and speak up if we observe such behavior.

A blog post provides background about the formation of the first CARES committee in the architecture community and this blog post talks about harassment some members of our community have experienced. The SIGARCH/SIGMICRO CARES committee led to foundation of the SIGPLAN committee.

The SIGPLAN CARES Bylaws can be found here.

SIGPLAN CARES Operations

CARES members are always available by email to correspond and to set up a call with anyone who would like to speak with us about harassment, discrimination, or other concerns related to building and sustaining an inclusive research community.

In addition, one or more CARES members will “cover” conferences by announcing their presence at the beginning of the meeting and at the business meeting, and being available for in-person conversations throughout the meeting at sessions and breaks, etc. A CARES member will be available for email and phone calls for on-line PC meetings and in person at physical PC meetings. We will announce the CARES members attending below. At conferences, we will typically set up a table for at least an hour a day and announce the time and location. Initially, the following conferences will have guaranteed coverage.

  • ICFP
  • PLDI
  • POPL
  • SPLASH

CARES committee members may also attend other workshops and conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by SIGPLAN, when they normally would attend. As the sponsoring organizations and/or committee expands in membership, it may add conferences to the guaranteed list.

Conference/Meeting CARES member attendees
HPCA/PPOPP/CGO 2020 Peng Wu (SIGPLAN CARES), Lieven Eeckhout and Timothy Pinkston (SIGARCH/SIGMICRO CARES)
ICFP 2020 PC Meeting Shriram Krishnamurthi
PLDI 2020 PC Meeting Michelle Strout
POPL 2020 David Walker, Alexandra Silva, and Hongseok Yang

SIGPLAN CARES Committee Members

Kathryn McKinley
Kathryn McKinley
Co-Chair, mckinley@cs.utexas.edu, Google, 2019-2021
David Walker
David Walker
Co-Chair, dpw@cs.princeton.edu, Princeton University, 2019-2022
Vikram Adve
Vikram Adve
Member, vadve@illinois.edu, University of Illinois
Shriram Krishnamurthi
Shriram Krishnamurthi
Member, sk@cs.brown.edu, Brown University
Simon Peyton Jones
Simon Peyton Jones
Member, simonpj@microsoft.com, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Alexandra Silva
Alexandra Silva
Member, alexandra.silva@ucl.ac.uk, University College London
Michelle Strout
Michelle Strout
Member, mstrout@cs.arizon.edu, University of Arizona
Stephanie Weirich
Stephanie Weirich
Member, sweirich@cis.upenn.edu, University of Pennsylvania
Peng Wu
Peng Wu
Member, peng.wu@futurewei.com, Futurewei Technologies
Hongseok Yang
Hongseok Yang
Member, hongseok00@gmail.com, KAIST